Polio NZ Board

October 2017 – October 2018

Rear: Brian Robinson, Steve Griffiths, Jeanmette Aldridge, Brent von Sierakowski, Marlayna Zucchiatti
Front: Doreen McCoard, Susan Kerr, Barry Holland MNZM, Sue Griffin

The Team

Executive

Barry Holland: President
Sue Griffin: Vice President
Jeannette Aldridge: Secretary / Treasurer

Board Members

Brent von Sierakowski, Brian Robinson,
Marlayna Zucchiatti, Steve Griffiths,
Susan Kerr, Doreen McCoard  (Resigned 17 May 2018)

Barry Holland

PRESIDENT
MNZM (Auckland) nominated as President 4th year, 6th year on Board
Nominated by: Anne Mace. Seconded by: Jeannette Aldridge

Barry was elected President of our Society at the Christchurch Jubilee Conference October 2014. He is experienced in governance roles having served on ...Read More

… several community groups. He was recognised in 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to broadcasting as a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit. As President, Barry has overseen considerable progress on Polio NZ’s Strategic Plan including the annual retreat, pilot LEoP (late effects of polio) clinics, training for NZ orthotists, clinical pathways through the DHBs for the treatment of LEoP, and work with training institutions to include the LEoP in their curriculum for health professionals.

  09 520 3679
  021 505 711
  president@polio.org.nz
  1 Carmont St,
  Remuera,
  Auckland 1050

Sue Griffin

VICE PRESIDENT
(Waikato) nominated as Vice President 3rd year –4th year on Board.
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Born 1947, in Wellington, I contracted polio at 18 months of age. My right leg and right arm were affected. I was treated in Wellington Public Hospital and was ...Read More

…a regular patient for physio for many years. I stumbled through childhood and made the most of my life, aided and abetted by the usual “polio personality” stubbornness. I graduated from one of the last hospital based programs, as a NZRN & ON and nursed in the USA as a trauma nurse specialising in Orthopaedic surgery earning credentials in Coronary, Surgical, and Medical ICU. The late effects of the polio started in 1989, and unable to continue in clinical nursing I created a business auditing hospital records throughout the USA. Being be part of a research survey by Dr Bruno gave me good information and follow up for what was starting to be called PPS. Now enjoying living in Hamilton, I continue the struggle to maintain my own health and functional ability. The progressive steps taken by Polio NZ in recent years has been heartening, and I would like to continue to bring my enthusiasm and life skills to the board to assist where possible.

  021 537 187
  vp@polio.org.nz
  5 Garden Place, L1/U3,
  Hamilton 3200

Jeannette Aldridge

SECRETARY
(New Plymouth) nominated as Secretary/Treasurer 5th year as Secretary, 6TH year on Board

I am happy to serve the Board for another year to help bring some of the many significant projects that are progressing to completion which will result in polio ...Read More

… survivors in New Zealand having access to trained health professionals and up-to-date orthotics. I am very focused on ensuring that Polio NZ Inc. is robust in governance and compliance as an Incorporated Society and Registered Charity and that we maintain administrative systems to ensure transparency and accountability. Over the last two years I have undertaken several training opportunities offered by Charities Services in the new legislation for financial and performance reporting. I am Secretary/Treasurer to another Incorporated Society and Registered Charity — Taranaki Multiple Sclerosis Society Incorporated. My strengths are in written communication, attention to detail and record-keeping systems. I ran my own bookkeeping/tax practitioner business in Auckland, and I continue to act as IRD Nominated Agent for several people.

  06 7580507
0800 476 546 (0800 4POLIO)
  021 0229 9506
  secretary@polio.org.nz
  PO Box 791,
  New Plymouth 4340

Brian Robinson

BOARD – NELSON
Nominated as Board Member 3rd year
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He lives in Tapawera, Nelson with his wife Dallas. He has three grown up children who all live in Christchurch and has five grandchildren. He contracted polio in ...Read More

… 1949. He was recognised in 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to broadcasting as a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit. As President, Barry has overseen considerable progress on Polio NZ’s Strategic Plan including the annual retreat, pilot LEoP (late effects of polio) clinics, training for NZ orthotists, clinical pathways through the DHBs for the treatment of LEoP, and work with training institutions to include the LEoP in their curriculum for health professionals.

  03 522 4984
  021 138 2845
  dalandbrian@clear.net.nz
  10 Totara Street,
  Tapawera,
  Nelson 7010

Stephen Griffiths

BOARD – AUCKLAND
Nominated as Board Member 3rd year
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61 years old. Contracted polio at 18 months in England emigrated to NZ with my parents, a brother and a sister (all to get me out of the cold) at 19 years of age. With ...Read More

… my wife of 36 years (Raewyn), we live in Mangere Bridge Auckland, we have two adult sons, one of which still occasionally lives at home. For the last 27 years. I have been a Company Director of a contracting/importing company involved with Ceramic and Stone tiles/tiling (NZC Tileworks Ltd). I served on a swimming club committee for several years. I was a member of Rotary for more than ten years and am a past president. I love being in, on, or near the sea and my hobbies are fishing and diving.

  09 636 9950
  027 499 3120
  grisrbs@kiwilink.co.nz
  16 Kiwi Esplanade,
  Mangere Bridge,
  Auckland 2022

Susan Kerr

BOARD – PICTON
Nominated as Board Member 3rd year
(previous history of service to Board)

Born in Surrey, England in 1946, I contracted polio in 1956. Although my mother was told that I was very sick indeed, I made a good recovery, having spent 4 weeks ...Read More

…  in isolation and about 2 months in an orthopaedic hospital, learning to walk again. My right leg was affected and I could not run. I completed a BA Hons at University, and a Certificate in Education. Post-Polio Syndrome began to kick in about 1986 as my strength began to wane, and fatigue and pain increased. I persevered with teaching until 2005, when I could no longer stand in front of a class. I first served as a member of the Board of Managers from 2008-2011. My work included the setting up of a database which arose from a questionnaire sent to all members. I attended many seminars at an international conference in Warm Springs, Georgia. I served as a Director of IPPSO, an internet international polio support group for several years, before the popularity of Facebook, and managed the Picton Stroke Support Group for three years. Since 2015 I have been back on the board again, and see my work in writing letters, research, media, social networking, database, and working on the editorial team for Polio News: in fact, wherever my help is needed. My pursuits outside of the work for the board include music, writing (short stories and poetry) and genealogy.

  03 573 8236
  021 1382845
  susanvrm@clear.net.nz
  32 Seaview Crescent,
  Picton 7220

Doreen McCoard

BOARD – CHRISTCHURCH
Nominated as Board Member for 2nd year
Nominated by: Barry Francis Hollands (Christchurch) Seconded by: Kevin McCoard

I contracted Polio at the age of two months old, leaving me with permanent disability affecting the whole of my right side, and many underlying ...Read More

… problems. I am married with two adult children & foster children (some of whom have disabilities), and a grand-daughter who has ADHD. Within my extended family I have had experience with Deaf, physical, Blind, and Mental health. I was a friend of the late Almer Slack who left a significant bequest to Polio NZ for the benefit of people with polio from the Canterbury region and I serve on the Committee that administers this fund. I have served as Vice President for the Christchurch polio group for the past year. I will continue to work with the Board for better outcomes for all and look forward to what we can offer in future to Polio survivors.

  03 349 9535
  mccoard@xtra.co.nz
  24 Manuere Street,
  Christchurch 8042

Brent von Sierakowski

BOARD – AUCKLAND
Nominated as Board Member for 2nd year
Nominated by: Barry Holland, MNZM. Seconded by: Jeannette Aldridge

I have had wide ranging business experience at general management level at the National Bank (now ANZ Bank) in New Zealand and overseas. ...Read More

… I have also been involved with a range of non-profit and professional organistions. I currently act as advister/mentor to a number of firms particularly int he area of marketing, leadership, change management and strategic planning. Sadly my wfe, Janet, passed away from the late effects of polio in 2014. My interest is to assist where I can with the promotion and development of the organisation. I have two adult children and a 5-year old grandson.

  09 575 8607
  027 2758602
  b.vonsierakowski@xtra.co.nz
  9 Vista Cres,
  Glendowie,
  Auckland 1071

Diane Mathews

OUTGOING TREASURER; DUNCAN FUND COMMITTEE
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  04 3857302 ext 800
  027 2630824
  dcm500@xtra.co.nz
  111 Brougham Street,
  Mt Victoria,
  Wellington 6011

Nancy Blackstock

DUNCAN FUND COMMITTEE CHAIR

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  06 758 9282
  sadie@xtra.co.nz
  106 Belt Rd,
  New Plymouth 4310

Marie Collins

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Liz Falkner

RETIRED GP | MEDICAL ADVISOR
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  06 3786725
  021 1475107
  mefalkner@gmail.com
  132 Cole St,
  Masterton 5810

Marlayna Zucchiatti

BOARD – HAMILTON
Nominated by: Sue Griffin, Seconded by: John Forbes

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